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  • BlackBerry Storm & Bold Update

    Posted on November 10th, 2008 Shawn No comments

    I just got back from my weekly stop at the local mall to check on the Bold and Storm. So, here goes the update.

    I’ll start with the Bold since it is now available. Before heading around the food court for 10 free samples of Orange Chicken, I stopped at the AT&T store. Five feet outside the store, I spied the Bold on the display wall….this time, it was a real Bold, not the dummy they had last week.

    I spent some time playing (keep in mind, this is my first BB experience. I’m currently a Treo user). The screen resolution is nothing less than beautiful. I’ll get back to it in a minute, but honestly the most beautiful display I have ever seen on a smartphone.

    The keyboard just feels good. In no time I was typing away like I had used this thing for years.  Keys feel good in the hands, not too big & not too small.  Only thing that I had a hard time with was realizing the ALT key for things like punctuation.  It’s a lot like the Treo, just took a minutes to figure it out.

    Trackball and navigation is really good too.  The track ball flies and easy to use. I hear lot’s of people saying it gets all gummed up after lot’s of use (like a mouse ball).  I can see that, but new it flies.

    The interface is “snappy” (as the kids say).  Seriously, from app-to-app, it just flies.  No lag, like I have always been used to on the Treo.  Very impressed.

    On a similar note, I constantly tried to touch the screen to navigate, due to 4+ years of rocking a touchscreen Treo.  The on-screen buttons/icons on the Bold are so big, I immediately think it is a touch screen, but no.

    Now on to media.  Played a song, and wow it was loud and clear.  The speakers on this thing rock!  I tried two demo videos on the device, and I am in awe.  The Speed Racer trailer is just incredible.  Crystal clear and stunning picture.  Though, to hop off the fanboy wagon for a sec, it stuttered at the end as it was transitioning back to the Media application.

    To round it out, the device feels good in the hand.  The screen is wider but sorter than the Treo’s.  The leather back feels good.  I very much liked the device.  With Treo stylings, and WiFi it’s going to be hard not to pick one of these up.

    Oh….you want to know how the phone works?  Dunno….I generally don’t care much about the phone on my smartphones…go figure.  I’ll post the specs after the break

    Now, I head over to the Verizon store for the Storm update.  Same freakin’ update I got last week.  “Next month”.  I asked, “So are you saying December?”  And the guys says, “*sip from his iced coffee* Yup”.  WTF!?

    BlackBerry 9000 Bold Specs:

    • UMTS/HSDPA: 2100/1900/850 MHz and GSM: 1900/1800/900/850 MHz
    • BlackBerry OS 4.6
    • Intel 624 MHz processor
    • QWERTY keyboard and trackball
    • Integrated GPS/A-GPS reciever with photo geotagging support
    • 802.11 a/b/g WiFi
    • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support
    • 2.75 inch VGA (480×320 pixels) display
    • 1GB internal flash ROM memory and 128MB flash RAM for running applications
    • microSD card slot for storage (SDHC support)
    • 2 megapixel camera with flash
    • 3.5mm standard headset jack
    • 1500 mAh battery

    • Weight: 4.8 ounces
    • Length: 4.48 inches
    • Width: 2.6 inches
    • Thickness: 0.59 inch

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